Director of Riding Mina Payne graduated from Stoneleigh-Burnham in 1978 and has been working here since 1979. She has been named one of the top 50 riding instructors in America by the American Riding Instructor Association. As a junior rider, Mina was a serious Medal and Maclay competitor and won many classes throughout the northeast A-rated circuit. As an adult she became involved with eventing and dressage, competing through the preliminary event level and third level dressage. Currently, riding is still an important part of Mina’s day, however it is the teaching about which she is most passionate. She has been a licensed riding instructor and professional horsewoman for over 25 years, having coached many riders to national recognition. Under her tutelage Stoneleigh-Burnham’s equestrian team won the Upper School National IEA Championship title for four consecutive years and in 2004, a Stoneleigh-Burnham student also won the National IEA Leading Rider Award. She is an active member in the USEF, USEA, and IEA.